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PUSA Soil test fertilizer recommendation meter kit (STFR)

Dr. Sangeeta Soi
Dr. Sangeeta Soi

An official kit for preparing soil health cards has been introduced by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. In association with Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) Techno Surge have brought out programmable, portable, low-cost equipment, named PUSA Soil Test Fertilizer Recommendation Meter (STFR) Kit, that brings soil testing and fertilizer recommendation at farmers’ doorstep. This not only tests soil parameters but also gives crop-specific fertilizer recommendation and suggests ameliorants for problem soils. 

Conditions of soil testing in India: 

  • 1000 soil testing laboratories (STLs) throughout the country

  • In case soil of each farm holding is to be tested, its turn would come at an interval of 10-12 years.

  • Lack of voluntary participation of farmers in providing samples and receiving as well as implementing recommendations.

  • The STL staff cannot reach the farmers

  • As a result, farmers seldom get soil test reports in time i.e., before sowing/planting of their crops, and continue to use fertilizers in ad hoc manner depending on their resources and availability of fertilizers in the market.

Result Deterioration Of Soil Fertility 

STFR Meter Kit Consists of: 

  • Digital STFR Meter

  • Reagent kit

  • Lab ware kit

  • Mini shaker

  • Self explanatory usage manual

Tests available in STFR Meter Kit: 

  • PH

  • Electrical Conductivity (EC)

  • Organic Carbon (as a measure of Nitrogen)

  • Potassium (K)

  • Phosphorous (P)

  • Sulphur (S)

  • Zinc (Zn)

  • Boron (B)

  • Gypsum Requirement

  • Lime Requirement

 Features of the Kit: 

  • Portable (Technically this point should be on the top)

  • Battery backup upto 3 hours

  • Printer interface type RS232

  • Indicator for overcharging and Discharging

  • Micro Controller based technology

  • Memory for data storage of upto 999 Parameters

 The equipment can be used with the help of a manual provided in the kit. It can be used by village Panchayats, agri–input dealers and several self-help groups or NGOs working in village for soil testing purpose. It can be used by unemployed youth for soil testing business. 

Techno Surge Industries LLP has been a reliable name in Field Water and Soil Test Kits in India for more than a decade along with being a leading manufacturer of Disposable Medical & Surgical Products, Health Care Kits for two decades making it an ISO:9001-2008, ISO:13485 and CE certified organization, CRISIL SE-2A rated and recipient of ‘BEST INDUSTRY AWARD 2010’ from Government of Maharashtra. 

Bhumi Prayogshala Mini Soil Testing Labs using the PUSA STFR technology will bring about a revolution in the way services are carried out in the agriculture sector in India. With pan India presence, no farmer will ever have to waste their precious resources on application of excess or wrong fertilizers and other inputs. Other than this Plasti Surge Industries Pvt. Ltd. are a prominent Soil Test Fertilizer Recommendation (STFR) Meter Kit manufacturers, suppliers & exporters based in India.  

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